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Coming from a completely tactile world
Serving me well for the last 35 of my 77 years.
Throughout these years, I dabbled in 2 dimensional art, particularly drawing with ink:
And the last few years, these silly "Feral Coots" drawings:
Learning basic Photoshop, I just used it to colorize those cartoons:
AND NOW,..As I get older, logistics with the face to face peddling of my sculptures becomes more and more difficult...and with the recent turmoil (Hurricane Sandy) I've been thrown into, I'm finding that I have to find other means of income.
SO HERE I AM, in this Cyber Universe, looking for a viable (sellable) formula.
I decided to create something "Pretty"...and 2 days ago, I started "Pixel Pointillism"..It's in it's early primitive stage"
I'm using basic Photoshop and my right forefinger on this touch pad to create that image..I found that I prefer this method over the mouse..There is more of a "Tactile" feel to me...And the confounding thing is that I'm Left-Handed!!
THIS MORNING I see a beautiful abstract digital image that apparently using a computer program creating repeated little "3D" spheres..
MY QUESTION IS....Does the actual "Hand-made" virtual spheres have any value??...Or should I get serious, and invest in any tools available to make "Creating" a bit easier????
BTW..Sorry for all the quotation marks.
And I know I'm logged out...and pray that I can copy and save this tome.
I've found that the real advantage of using digital tools is that they make it easier to make corrections. Say you've painted a watercolor, and an unfortunate drop of water hits the canvas in an area where it will be easily seen and not easily corrected. The painting is ruined, right? Well, maybe the original is, but a quick scan and some corrections using Photoshop will make the painting still valuable as a print. I've used Photoshop and Xara to freshen up and tweak my originals in pastel, acrylic and oil, not just to remove dust and flaws, but to improve upon them (after all, an artist's eye is never satisfied. There's an old saying - "A work of art is never finished. It is abandoned.") I had to teach myself Photoshop, and I'm still learning. I think digital tools do have limitations - it's very hard to do art in digital pastel, for instance - but they're a legitimate form of medium and not a "cheat", as some would have it.
First and foremost, have fun creating your art. You can use any of the tools any way you like. The undo button (Ctrl Z) is literally a click away.
As you explore and wonder if other programs might work better for you, nearly all of the major players offer 30-day free trials. Take advantage and put them through their paces; see if they fit. The best one(s) will allow you to accomplish tasks the way you want to work.
I personally think Corel's PAINTER belongs in your toolbox, but also look at PAINTER Lite.
Your extensive art background will help you immensely. You already know what you're trying to do; so you won't be bamboozled into accepting what the programs give you by default. Welcome to Digital.